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Bike & Saddle

Durban, South Africa
About Bike & Saddle
Tour Durban on two wheels. Bike & Saddle offers you bicycle tours of the city and promenade on retro classic cruiser bicycles. These slick bikes and your legs provide the transportation, we provide the entertainment, history , fun and route. See the city from a novel point and at a pace that allows you to really take it all in. From the Elangeni to City Hall, from the Point to Durban's brand new promenade, get the wind in your hair and rock it retro styles on our bicycle cruisers. The route has been specially chosen to ensure safety and ease of travel whilst taking in some of Durban's prominent and beautiful monuments, buildings and sites. We weave our path through history and take you on a tour like no other. Durban on two wheels. The best view of the city.
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kingsrest wrote a review Dec 2016
Durban, South Africa191 contributions31 helpful votes
it is a lovely relaxing ride on the new promenade . so relaxing at Your own pace. nice relaxing excercise whilst enjoying your self
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Date of experience: December 2016
Response from BikeAndSaddle-Trips, Owner at Bike & Saddle
Responded 18 Dec 2016
Hello Kingsrest, we're glad you had an enjoyable outing and enjoyed Durban's lovely promenade! Thanks for cycling with us. Your Bike & Saddle Team
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Mary D wrote a review Oct 2016
Napier, New Zealand92 contributions66 helpful votes
We had a day to spare in Durban and thought this would be a good way to both get some exercise and learn something about the area. We did get both but were very disappointed with the quality of the bikes - all were old, two had no gears (and those with gears were not great).
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Date of experience: October 2016
Response from BikeAndSaddle-Trips, Public Relations Manager at Bike & Saddle
Responded 25 Oct 2016
Dear Mary G, Thank you for your feedback and taking time to write an review. About the gear, the city tour in Durban is very flat, so it's actually most suitable with no gear bikes. About the comments about the quality, we will take proper actions. Hope to see you again. Your Bike&Saddle team
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Syl wrote a review Jun 2014
Victoria, Canada19 contributions26 helpful votes
I should have headed the warning signs from the get-go: trying to book a tour with this company was like pulling teeth. It was very difficult to get anyone to respond and the process of booking everything took forever. Eventually, my partner and I did book (and paid for) a tour to the townships. We arrived to the meeting location on time (which is at a hotel), and were surprised to be met not by our tour guide, but by a staff member at the hotel. We were taken to a small office to speak on the phone with the owner of the company, who explained that our tour would need to be changed because there was some civil unrest in the townships and it may not be safe. Ok. We were willing to forgive them of that, it was out of their control. However, we couldn't help but wonder why he hadn't attempted to contact us directly beforehand. He had our contact information, and could have saved us the trip across town and given us time to make other arrangements for our day. This was pretty off-putting, but we were willing to let it go. We were offered an alternative (much cheaper) "city tour," to which we agreed because the morning was ticking on and we didn't want waste half our day making new plans. We were told that we would be refunded for the difference in cost of the tour, which was a few hundred dollars. We were also told our guide would arrive shortly. He finally showed up two hours late. The tour itself wasn't very good, probably because the guide had prepared for a different tour and had to change his plans on the fly. We were taken through some pretty sketchy parts of the city (the parts the hotel manger had warned us to avoid), which really didn't feel too welcoming towards a couple of North American tourists. But even this we were willing to forgive. Then we tried to get in touch with the company about the refund we were promised. That's when contact stopped entirely. We attempted to contact them ten times over the course of a few months. Once and a while we would get a brusque response, like "sorry been busy will deal with this tomorrow." He never did deal with it. In the end, we had no option but to provide the credit card company with a package including all of interactions and have them reverse the charge for us. DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY. They are, at best, EXTREMELY disorganized. At worst, DISHONEST.
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Date of experience: July 2013
Barbara M wrote a review Apr 2013
Bettendorf, Iowa6 contributions2 helpful votes
We were limited by our conference schedule as to our tour dates, and the weather did not cooperate for an optimum bicycle tour. So, Dionne worked around it, picked us up at our hotel, and made sure that we saw all the highlights even in the rain! Dionne was quite attentive to history as well as current events and also our safety and comfort. Thanks for a great morning! Barbara Mansholt, Bettendorf, Iowa
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Date of experience: April 2013
ErrollD wrote a review Sep 2011
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
The tour was informative and well presented. I really enjoyed the relaxed cuise around the City of Durban with regular stops at places of interest. I have lived in Durban all my life and still learnt about the history. I would recommend the tour for Tourists and Durbanites alike. The tour was rounded off with some delicious snacks and drinks at the pool deck.
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Date of experience: September 2011